Meet David Ahern, Author [Interview]

David Ahern, Author | Interview | RachelPoli.com

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

I’m an Irish writer who grew up in a theatrical family. I used to make serious TV and wanted to do some fun stories for a change.  The Madam Tulip books make me smile.  I hope they do the same for readers.

How long have you been writing for?

All my life, in one genre or another.  Mostly TV scripts, but plays too. The good thing about novels though is that you can just go ahead and write; you don’t need a whole crew of people to make them happen.

What motivates you to write? How did you begin writing?

In my twenties, I directed and co-wrote a solo play with and for my mother who is a wonderful actress. Believe me, if your Ma is waiting, you finish the thing. That’s one kind of motivation. In general though, if stuff runs around in your head and you want to stay sane, you’d better do something with it.

Do you have a writing routine? If so, what’s a typical day like for you?

It all depends on what other projects I’m involved with, but I try to write straight after checking the mails. It can’t always work out that way though.

What was the first thing you did when you found out your book was being published?

Started thinking about the next one. I guess if you’re in any creative job you really only care about where you’re going, not where you’ve been.

What was the publishing process like? How long did it take?

I’m lucky in that I have a TV production company with a small publishing arm. I’m sort of the boss and not the boss at the same time. They’re testing the water with Madam Tulip, and so far they’re happy.  I’m a big fan of the freedom and independence the smaller publishers can give their authors. Writers looking for a deal with the big houses can forget that what they need is the right contract for them as a writer, and that’s not easy to get.

Are you currently working on anything new?

Madam Tulip #4

If you weren’t a writer, what would your career be?

I think my fantasy career would be as an archaeologist specialising in somewhere with a mild and pleasant climate, no biting insects, never previously explored and so a dead cert for academic fame (and tenure, of course). 

What’s one thing you learned through writing that you wish you knew before you started?

You don’t get holidays; your book won’t let you.

What is your favorite book, genre, or author?

Patrick O’Brien (a wonderful historical novelist and one of the finest storytellers ever), EF Benson (Mapp and Lucia) and Dorothy Sayers (of course). For comedy, Wodehouse, Thurber and Flann O’Brien (hilarious Irish genius). In the canon, Jane Austin is right up there for me.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers?

Same advice everyone gives; keep writing, quitting never works.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

Just a big thank you for having me.

About David Ahern

David Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madam Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his Website. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.

About His Latest Book

Bones of Chance by David Ahern | Interview | RachelPoli.comSuspense, mystery, action, a little romance and lots of laughs

A surprise role in a movie takes actress Derry O’Donnell to a romantic castle in the Scottish Highlands. But romance soon turns to fear and suspicion. Someone means to kill, and Derry, moonlighting as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip, is snared in a net of greed, conspiracy and betrayal.

A millionaire banker, a film producer with a mysterious past, a gun-loving wife, a PA with her eyes on Hollywood, a handsome and charming estate manager—each has a secret to share and a request for Madam Tulip.
As Derry and her friend Bruce race to prevent a murder, she learns to her dismay that the one future Tulip can’t predict is her own.

Madame Tulip is the third in a series of thrilling and hilarious Tulip adventures in which Derry O’Donnell, celebrity fortune-teller and reluctant amateur detective, plays the most exciting and perilous roles of her acting life, drinks borage tea, and fails to understand her parents.

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Madam Tulip And The Knave Of Hearts By David Ahern [Book Review]

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Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hears by David Ahern | Book Review | Suspense | RachelPoli.com

I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

When out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell moonlights as celebrity fortune-teller Madam Tulip in an English Stately home, she’s trying to make some cash.
Instead, she is drawn into an alien world of wealth, titled privilege and family secrets.

A countess once a chorus girl, a gambling earl and his daughters, a cultured and handsome art expert—all caught in a terrifying web of ghastly threats, murder and
abduction. As an aristocratic engagement party turns into a nightmare, Derry and her friend Bruce face the prospect of a gruesome and infamous death.

My Review:

Book Cover | RachelPoli.com

While the cover is pretty simple, I do like the coloring of it. I think the font and size of it is appropriate. The main thing to take from this cover is the title and I don’t mind that.

First Thoughts | RachelPoli.com

I read the first Madam Tulip book and enjoyed it. When the author reached out to me about reading the third book, I wanted to read the second one as well.

Plot | RachelPoli.com

This plot turned out to be something that I didn’t expect, but I enjoyed it all the same. There was murder, kidnapping, forgery, and a lot more. While I felt as though the plot took a little while to pick up, once it did, it was a page-turner.

Derry get thrown into another mystery, this one bigger than the last. Still, with the help of Bruce and the others, along with her psychic powers, everything slowly comes along together. I enjoyed every step of the process from the moment the first mysterious package was dropped off.

Characters | RachelPoli.com

I still enjoyed Derry’s character as I did the first book and I loved Bruce. I liked all the characters, however there were a lot to keep track of. I didn’t think all the characters were needed and it was hard for me to keep it all straight.

Derry’s parents are as much of a mess as ever and I feel for Derry having to deal with her mother and father. I’ll admit I got a little annoyed with both of them, especially Vanessa. Though I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to have iffy feelings toward them.

Writing Style | RachelPoli.com

The book was certainly easy to read and it flowed well. Aside from it being a little slow in the beginning, I was eager to keep reading as the plot thickened. The mystery is pretty gruesome and is quite the thrill. The writing is so well done that I even had to put the book down and walk away because my own anxiety starting flaring. It was a good thing though.

The book is decent length and I felt as though everything was wrapped up pretty well. The mystery made sense and I didn’t have any questions or wonders by the end.

Overall | RachelPoli.com

I’ll admit I enjoyed the first book more. This book took a little while for the mystery to begin and I felt as though there were too many characters who didn’t seem to have a big role. However, it was well written and the plot thickened nicely with a nice tie-up for the mystery.

Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts by David Ahern gets…
Book Review Rating System | 3 Cups of Coffee | RachelPoli.com3 out of 5 cups

Favorite Quote:

“What was it about today? The men were behaving like pigeons.” –David Ahern, Madam Tulip and the Knave of Hearts

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About David Ahern

David Ahern, Author | RachelPoli.comDavid Ahern grew up in a theatrical family in Ireland but ran away to Scotland to become a research psychologist and sensible person. He earned his doctorate but soon absconded to work in television. He became a writer, director and producer, creating international documentary series and winning numerous awards, none of which got him free into nightclubs.

Madame Tulip wasn’t David Ahern’s first novel, but writing it was the most fun he’s ever had with a computer. He is now writing the fourth Madam Tulip adventure and enjoys pretending this is actual work.

David Ahern lives in the beautiful West of Ireland with his wife, two cats and a vegetable garden of which he is inordinately proud.

You can learn more about David Ahern and Madam Tulip on his Website.

Connect with David Ahern on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you read this book? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below, I’d love to chat!

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Madam Tulip by David Ahern

Madam Tulip by David Ahern | Book Review

Title: Madam Tulip
Author: David Ahern
Published: 
April 2016
Genre: Mystery
How I got the book: I received a free digital copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:

Out-of-work actress Derry O’Donnell is talented, professional, just a little psychic… and broke. Spurred on by an ultimatum from her awesomely high-achieving mother, Derry embarks on a part-time career as Madame Tulip, fortune teller to the rich and famous. But at her first fortune-telling gig – a celebrity charity weekend in a luxurious castle – a famous rap artist mysteriously dies.

As Derry is drawn deeper into a seedy world of fashion, millionaires, horses and cocaine, she must race to save her best friend from jail and a supermodel from being murdered. Her efforts threaten to destroy her friends, her ex-lover, her father and herself.

My Review:

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If you know me, you know I like mystery. So I didn’t really need to think twice about this one when the author had asked me to review it.

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Derry O’Donnell is trying to make her way as an actress with minimal success. Inherited from her ancestors, she’s a little bit psychic so she decides (with a little push from her friend) to become a fortune teller part-time. By doing so, she meets a few new people as clients and ends up getting herself into some trouble.

This is a new take on a murder mystery, for me, as the protagonist uses her psychic powers to help her along the way. It did remind me of the TV show Psych, except Derry, known as Madam Tulip, tends to see things by accident sometimes. Still, she uses that to her advantage to figure things out.

I thought it was an interesting take on a mystery and the psychic powers were put to good use, especially since her visions weren’t always completely clear.

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I enjoyed following Madam Tulip around as the protagonist. She had a good head on her shoulders and even though she wasn’t a detective it was a classic who-dun-it story.

I also loved her father as well as her friends Bella and Bruce. Bella wasn’t in it too much as she got herself into a bit of trouble, but Bruce was a great supporting character as he helped Madam Tulip figure things out. Even her father, who is a bit out there, did his best to help out, despite not fully understanding the situation.

Each character was crafted wonderfully and they all were unique from one another with a variety of personality.

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I found the author’s writing style easy to read and follow. The pacing of the novel was well done and I didn’t find any inconsistencies in tense or anything.

My only minor complaint was that there was something going on with Madam Tulip’s parents. While bits and pieces were explained about that I wasn’t sure what exactly it had to do with the storyline. This is the first book in a series so maybe more will be explained later, but for now, I found as though it wasn’t really needed.

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This was a good, enjoyable read. I loved the characters and the overall plot and murder was well thought out and executed. I would recommend this book to anyone slightly interested in it and I’m sure I’ll be reading the second book in the future.

Madam Tulip by David Ahern gets…
4 stars book review 4 out of 5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“I can only make the promise. You have to decide if you want to trust me.” –David Ahern, Madam Tulip

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